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Clay Muinzer

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Are We Saved By Faith Or Works?

Millions of people have struggled with the idea that we are going to talk about today.  We naturally tend to think that we have to earn everything in life.  For instance, money does not grow on trees, so we have to work to earn it.  Grace given to us, completely free, seems like an unimaginable gift.  It seems too good to be true and goes against our natural instincts. If you look at most religions in the world, works are almost always involved.  There is…

The Only Gospel That Saves

If you believe the Bible, then you believe Galatians 1, where Paul notes that there is only one gospel that saves.  If you believe that to be true, then you better understand what the true gospel really is.  Many “gospels” invade our world and try to get us to buy what they are selling.  Some want you to believe that Jesus was a pretty good sacrifice, but our ability to live a “good” life is also part of making it to heaven.  Some want you…

Do “Good” People Still Need The Gospel?

If we want to fully grasp the gospel, we must start with the foundation of it.  Let me start by asking you: do you think that you really need the gospel?  Is it only for the “bad” people?  Can we be “good” enough to not need the gospel?  When I say the gospel, I mean the Good News of Jesus Christ.  I mean what He accomplished by dying on the cross and being raised to life.  So, did Jesus die only for people who are…

Do You Understand The Cross?

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.” (Galatians 1:6-7) I want to get your wheels turning a bit and get you thinking today. For about a month, I have been intrigued by a certain topic. My intrigue has been sparked by many things, including the week that we spent away preaching at…

Do You Treat People Well?

“And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” (Luke 6:31) Last week, we talked about how to be a neighbor as we looked at the parable of the Good Samaritan. Today’s writing goes right along side of that topic. The whole idea of loving your neighbor and being like the Samaritan hinges on the verse above. Luke 6:31 is the “how-to” in our efforts to neighbor well. How do you want people to treat you? That is how you…

Learning From The Good Samaritan

Most of us, in some capacity, have heard the parable of the Good Samaritan.  Few of us, however, live as the parable teaches us to live.  The parable ends by Jesus saying, “You go, and do likewise” (Luke 10:37).  The point of the parable is not to just give us a nice story to preach about.  Instead, it is meant to teach us how to be a neighbor!  Neighboring is a lost art today, due to our “me-centered” attitudes (speaking to my own weaknesses here!).  We must…

What Does “To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain” Mean?

We talk a lot about God being greater in this ministry. What we mean by that is that God is bigger and better than anything this world offers us. As we learn to treasure Him above everything else, this becomes abundantly clear. The world will continually pitch you the idea that everything it can offer you is exactly what you want and need. Sadly, many of us buy the lie over and over. We want to combat that lie by telling you that God is…

Worldly Greatness vs. Godly Greatness

A lot of us desire to do great things for God, right? Nobody want to live a mediocre life. The goal is never to simply get through life without ever leaving a mark on this world. A transformed heart will always want to go and do great things for the God that saved it. How, though, do we do it? I immediately think about what a man said at church this last weekend when asked what causes him to selflessly pour himself out for the…

Turn Your Frown Upside Down

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” (Matthew 2:10) They rejoiced exceedingly with great joy! I love this! That sentence is almost grammatically humorous! This over-the-top joy is what the wise men experienced when they saw a star that was pointing them to Jesus, the newborn King and Messiah. This baby was clearly different and capable of creating joy in them. Not just any joy, but apparently a great joy that made them rejoice exceedingly! This is convicting to me, and…

Is Your Joy Coming From the Right Things?

https://youtu.be/u0PhnjxbhOU What makes us joyful? What really makes our joy come alive? These are crucial questions! Today’s reflection on Scripture shows us that misguided joy can be deceiving. We can often try to find our joy in good things, but Jesus shows us the ultimate source of joy. In Luke 10, Jesus sent out seventy-two disciples ahead of Him to go heal the sick and proclaim the kingdom of God. When they returned back to Him, Jesus had an important lesson for them to learn.…